On July 8, 1954 Dewey Phillips introduced Elvis to Memphis (and subsequently the world) when he played “That’s Alright (Mamma)” during his Red, Hot and Blue show on radio station WHBQ broadcasting from the Chisca Hotel. Sixty-five years later to the day, Mario Monterosso entered the hallowed space of Sun Studio to record “Steady Girl” and “Waiting for a Beer” for Black & Wyatt records. Mario (lead vocals and lead guitar) was accompanied by Steve Clark (upright bass) and Aaron Mlasko (drums). Rob Haynes played piano on “Waiting for a Beer.” The anticipated release for the 7” record will be in November on Record Store Black Friday.
Hear the original “Steady Girl” by Heathens on Bandcamp HERE
Mario at Sun Studio
MONTEROSSO MEETS MEMPHIS: ITALIAN GUITARIST FINDS A HOME
“With foreigners and asylum-seekers now becoming the objects of some folks' daily two-minute hate, it's worth noting the value of immigrants in the Memphis music scene. Guitarist Mario Monterosso has been in Memphis more than two years, but he's not the first Italian to seek a fortune in the Bluff City.”
Read the full Memphis Flyer article HERE